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ok, so here i am AGAIN. :doh: need some expert advice. spoke to jess' vet about gastropexy. first she told me it was not generally recommended and i kinda let it go. well she called me back. she did her own research. she called VERG (veterinary emergency referral group) which is a 24/7/365 state of the art hospital in bklyn, ny. sort of like our own animal medical center. they have specialist in all fields. anyway, she called them to get their feed back on doing a gastropexy while doing jessie's spay. they recommended it. she also spoke to another dr at the hospital where jessie goes and he's done the surgery before and would do jessie's.

now i've been online looking up different information on the procedure. it appears to be a recommended procedure and best done when the dog is not under duress. my vet said that after the surgery, the dog has to eat smaller meals more often (sounds almost like humans getting a lapband procedure). she said there could be increased belching and some vomiting after the procedure which may or may not go away.

i know some of you have had this procedure done. please tell me if there were any cons that you could share with me. are they any reasons to NOT do it? those who have done it, did you experience any lasting after effects (vomiting bile, more acidic stomach).

again, i appreciate the input....
sincerely,
ann marie (jessie's mom)
 

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I haven't done the procedure on either one of my dogs, but if I had to do their spay/neuter again, I would. It seems that bloat is quite common in spoos (unfortunately) and tacking the stomach might be prudent.
 

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I have noticed NO difference in Lucy's eating habits or reverse eating (vomiting) :lol: If I wouldn't have ordered the gastropexy, I would never know that she'd had it done...

Because Lucy's still a pup - just 8 months old now; I still feed her multiple smaller meals per day anyway so that did not change after her surgery. I actually thinks she prefers to eat multiple small meals per day - she's not a gorger... she will only eat what's in her bowl and won't look for more until later in the day when she's hungry again.

I've read stories on this forum of dogs who actually bloated and then needed the surgery afterwards anyway - I decided that I'd rather have it done during the routine spay surgery (she was under anesthesia anyway and it was just a matter of the vet placing a few staples and then voila - we're done! :))

If/when I ever get another spoo - I will do gastropexy when I have them altered... It's just a small form of insurance that IF bloat occurs - the stomach will have less of a chance to twist - which can cause horrible, plainful death quite quickly. I felt it was definitely worth it!!

Good luck with your decision!
 

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My lab has bloated twice .. the first time he twisted around his tack and had to be untacked to untwist the stomach..then they couldn't get the tack to hold the stomach the second time because the stomach was so fried .. so he had to have a 3rd surgery to retack his stomach..that was 5 years ago..since then he has eaten 3 times a day..luckily I am able to come home at lunch to feed..in fact since it is easier to feed everyone at the same time all of my dogs eat 3 times a day..(poor cavs share a 1/3 of a cup at lunch..barely worth the effort...LOL..anyway I really don't notice any difference in the way he ate before and after surgery.
 

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No problems with Sabrina or Izze. They are both doing great. The tack buys you time in the event of Bloat. IMHO it is one of the best things you can do for a Standard.
 

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having lost a dog to bloat i will have it done with the puppy when she's spayed. even though i feel feeding raw my risk of bloat is greatly reduced it's worth taking that risk out.
 

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My lab has bloated twice .. the first time he twisted around his tack and had to be untacked to untwist the stomach..then they couldn't get the tack to hold the stomach the second time because the stomach was so fried .. so he had to have a 3rd surgery to retack his stomach..that was 5 years ago..since then he has eaten 3 times a day..luckily I am able to come home at lunch to feed..in fact since it is easier to feed everyone at the same time all of my dogs eat 3 times a day..(poor cavs share a 1/3 of a cup at lunch..barely worth the effort...LOL..anyway I really don't notice any difference in the way he ate before and after surgery.
thank you all for your input. just wondering if your lab already had the surgery before his first bloat? i'm confused cause it sounds like he did, but then not only bloated, but twisted in spite of the tack. thank you for explaining.
 

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thank you all for your input. just wondering if your lab already had the surgery before his first bloat? i'm confused cause it sounds like he did, but then not only bloated, but twisted in spite of the tack. thank you for explaining.
He did not have the surgery before his first bloat. The first time he bloated (with a twisted stomach) he was tacked during the surgery. The 2nd time he bloated (6 weeks later) and he twisted around the tack and it had to be undone. I actually got to watch that surgery so I saw that she had to untack him to untwist him. They couldn't retack him then because the stomach would not hold the suture so he had to have a 3rd surgery to have the stomach retacked about a month later. So in the span of 3 months he had 3 stomach surgeries. Would all this have been prevented if he had been tacked as a pup. I don't know. My dogs never seem to do things they way they are suppose to according to my vet..LOL..one of my cavs had an ear polyp that only cats are suppose to have..LOL..
 
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